Published: 19/05/2011 09:00 - Updated: 19/05/2011 08:53

Teacher admits sex offences

Written byJenny Moody

A UTTOXETER teacher has been told he could face jail after admitting sexual activity with a former pupil.

Stafford Crown CourtCraig Lindsay, of Demontfort Way, who was a teacher at Thomas Alleyne’s High School at the time of the offences, appeared before Stafford Crown Court charged with causing or inciting a 16-year-old to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust and where he did not believe she was over the age of 18.

He was also charged with engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a person under 18 while in a position trust, for the purposes of his own sexual gratification, in the presence or a place where he knew he was being observed.

The court heard how the acts took place via communication over internet messaging service MSN chat and the computer logs had been accepted to be accurate.

The 37-year-old, who appeared in court dressed in a smart suit, pleaded guilty to both of the charges and the judge ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service.

Lindsay was told that probation officers would be asked to consider the possibility of a custodial sentence.

Lindsay originally pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Burton Magistrates’ Court last year but changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before the Stafford judge.

He is due to be sentenced at the Stafford courthouse on June 24. His bail was extended until his next court appearance.

Suzanne O’Farrell, head teacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “A teacher at the school was immediately suspended pending an investigation by appropriate external authorities.

“The school has co-operated fully with the police in their investigations.

“Child protection is taken very seriously at the school, we comply fully with all safeguarding procedures and we are very aware of our responsibilities in this regard.

“Appropriate checks were carried out regarding safeguarding at the start of employment.

“We have put measures in place to ensure stability and continuity within the school, and to make certain there is no effect on the children’s education.

“An Ofsted inspection report in January states: ‘Procedures for safeguarding are good. Recording of information for checks on staff and visitors is carried out meticulously. Procedures for child protection are well established and staff training is comprehensive and up to date enabling staff to identify when students are at risk’.”

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